We Honor Dads! This Sunday brings the second and final segment to a sermon series I started on Mother's Day. The sermon, Seven Things My Father Taught Me, is based on Proverbs 6:20 and 23. The message, including slides recollecting my relationship with my father, Adolf Friz, should stir family discussion about the importance of Dads and their contributions to our lives.
There will be a fellowship time between services. The kitchen committee is preparing special treats, and this will be a time to honor Dads and enjoy fellowship with one another.
Jonathan Friz, MDiv, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, will be preaching in both services on May 30th (8:30 and 11:00). The title of his message, based on the lectionary reading from Romans 5:1-5, is Access. Jonathan is involved with several revival and prayer ministries in the New England area. He is the director of Wisdom Way and Ten Days of Prayer, and he is the Massachusetts state leader for New England Alliance.
Ruby Mahaffie passed into the arms of Jesus on Pentecost Sunday, May 23rd. The family will be holding a memorial service for Ruby on Saturday, May 19, at 10:00 a.m., at Breeze Park, 600 Breeze Park Drive, in St. Charles (63304). Please uphold John, and Ruby's children, Jonet and Paul, in your prayers.
Let us also remember Jim Pettus in your prayers. Jim is at Veteran's Hospital, and is in critical condition with complications from surgery. His life is hanging in the balances.
"Fall on us, Holy Spirit." This will be our prayer as we gather together on Sunday, May 23rd, to celebrate Pentecost, receive the Lord's Supper, and be challenged with the preaching of God's word. Our lectionary text this week is from Acts 2:1-21. I will expound on the meaning of the wind, fire and tongues that descended on Pentecost.
I hope you will be able to join us this Sunday for worship! I will continue our lectionary sermon series with a message from Acts 16:16-34, called "Songs for the Night." Paul and Silas are beaten and put in prison, but yet, they are able to sing praises in the night. This story teaches us several lessons about how to put our trial to work for the benefit of God's Kingdom.
Bells and chorale will present special music at the 8:30 service. Nathan Drake leads the worship team at 11:00.
As the painting in the sanctuary nears completion today, Clay will be needing extra help tomorrow in dusting and preparing the sanctuary for Sunday. Might you be able to come in on Saturday to help Clay?
We are also looking for a few more male helpers to clean up after the "Mother's Day Fellowship Hour" this Sunday.
If you are able to come up and help, please call the church office and let Terri know (314-993-0015).
This is a very special Mother's Day for me. On November 2, 2009, my mother died at the age of 85. This is my first mother's day without my mother to be around to send flowers, talk to on the phone, or share a visit.
In honor of her life, and all of the mothers represented at St. Paul's, I'm going to be preaching a sermon entitled, Seven Things My Mother Taught Me. The sermon includes humorous and serious stories about a woman who shaped my life in ways that only God can fully understand.